Raising Awareness to Increase Safety in Employment (RAISE)

Raising Awareness to Increase Safety in Employment (RAISE)
4 images of people with and without disabilities in work environments ranging from retail, industrial, to food industry

The Raising Awareness to Increase Safety in Employment (RAISE) Training will be using and enhancing the current version of the Staying Safe at Work (SSAW) curriculum. The SSAW curriculum is designed for teaching workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities about health and safety on the job. In addition to the SSAW curriculum, the RAISE Training team will be creating and offering supplemental trainings on various health and safety topic areas.

The pool of available health and safety trainings for workers with IDD is alarmingly shallow, especially trainings that are culturally competent and accessible. Through the Department of Labor (DOL) Susan Harwood Training Program Capacity Building Developmental grant, the Institute on Disability seeks to address the shortage of occupational health and safety training for workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) by offering individuals with IDD and New Hampshire disability service providers the  Staying Safe at Work curriculum, originally developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and enhanced/updated by the IOD.

Attendees will be provided with the necessary tools and materials to apply the skills needed to be safe at work for workers with IDD. The curriculum is designed to teach important occupational safety and health skills to those who may have learning challenges, including difficulty reading and/or understanding abstract concepts. It uses skits, stories, and pictures of typical workplaces that allow participants to recognize hazards and identify solutions. It also uses board games to learn how to stay safe in a work emergency and to learn about their health and safety rights and responsibilities on the job.

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For assistance implementing any of the trainings (beginning in January 2021) offered through RAISE,

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